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richmond. we'll have more on our 6:00 newscast. >> we hope to see you back here at six. good night, folks. shockwaves as wikileaks julian assange says the loss of america's spy secrets are far more devastating than we know. have we lost control of our entire cyber weapons arsenal? millions of wireless callers unable to get through including a mom trying to get help for he kids. ax attack. four tonight in a train station in germany. is it terrorism? oxycontin lawsuit. a small american city caught in an epidemic accusing a drug eye of turning a blind eye. meals on wheels. robots delivering dinner to your door. the new service that's like something straight out of the jetsons. "nightly news" begins right now.
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sfaurns -- >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening to our viewers in the west. the man who spilled the goods on line about some of america's most sensitive cyber tools is taunting the cia. the founder says there's more bombshells to come. he is suggesting the cia is playing catch up and is offering a broad hint as to who may have stolen the data and what we learned may be one of most damaging intelligence briefings in modern history. we get new details tonight on the story from our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell. >> reporter: tonight julian assange claiming the cyber breach is far more devastating than the agency knows or acknowledges. >> the central intelligence agency lost control of its entire cyber weapons arsenal.
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this is a historic act of devastating incompetence. >> reporter: warning he has a lot more to release, saying he got the stolen documents from a former government contractor working for the cia. >> the material has been spread around contractors and former american computer hackers for hire. >> reporter: tonight the fbi and cia working on an urgent mission. a former cia director says tracing a digital trail to track down the culprit. >> there are tools so we can be able to pinpoint who might have been responsible. if i was the individual involved, i'd worry a great deal about the fact that ultimately, they're going to be found out. >> reporter: the cia relies on dozens of contracting firms for its cyber operations. plus help from the national security agency and british intelligence partners. in fact, u.s.
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officials tell nbc news the majority of the cyber force are contractors who undergo less grueling background checks than government employees. >> you do take a chance with contractors. they are people who are not working in the inside. they may or may not have the same loyalty to the mission of that organization. >> reporter: now the cia under pressure and again under fire from the president. >> he believes that the systems at the cia are outdated and need to be updated. >> reporter: assange is taunting the cia that he will help tech companies fix holes in their software. >> we have decided to work with them to give them exclusive access to the additional technical details we have. >> reporter: tonight the cia slamming assange, saying terrorists and enemy spies know many of its deepest secrets. lester. >> andrea mitchell. thank you. now to the intense battle over health
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care playing out in washington. millions of americans wonder what will happen to their insurance. today house speaker paul ryan rolled up his sleeves trying to beat back a revolt from within his own party, as nbc's hallie jackson shows us. >> reporter: tonight, after two days long debates on changes that could affect millions of americans, the republican replacement for obamacare moves two steps closer to reality. >> this is the once in a lifetime opportunity. this is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing obamacare. >> reporter: the determined house speaker underscoring the urgency. today armed with charts aimed at an audience of skeptics inside his own party. the powerpoint pitch plastered all over tv with the president perhaps watching, tweeting at the same time. despite what you hear in the press, health care is coming along great. we're talking to many groups and it will end
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in a beautiful picture. that picture looks grim for now as opposition builds. >> isn't that a sign that health care is not coming along great? >> i think anybody who has been in washington for a few days or longer recognizes any mayor piece of legislation takes explanation. >> reporter: the white house insists this bill will pass but some reluctant republicans are wondering, why the rush? >> we have lots of time to get this right. i'd rather get it right than fast. >> reporter: that's a similar argument they used against democrats back in 2009 when obamacare originally passed. >> we're being told we must rush to pass this legislation. >> like mom used to say, you rush and you make mistakes. >> reporter: one outside group estimates as many as 15 million americans could lose coverage over the next decade under this health care plan. now, potentially on life support. also today, the president is facing new legal challenges on his revised controversial travel ban. the state of washington now suing along with several others. the white house says it's confident in how this executive order was crafted. lester. >> hallie jackson, thanks.
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elsewhere at the capitol, our cameras captured james comey leaving a private meeting with senators and members of the house intelligence committee. a congressional source says the director was there to provide an update on the subject of trump tower. it comes after president trump accused former president obama of having trump tower wiretapped. neither president trump or his white house team have provided any evidence that mr. obama has issued a denial. president trump has been hit with another lawsuit over his business empire. this time a washington, d.c. restaurant claims his hotel operation unfairly competes for local customers because of its ties to the president. our justice correspondent pete williams has details. >> reporter: collin and diane say in a company town like washington where government is the big market, the new hotel owned by donald trump is competing unfairly, taking business away from them. >> there's been a
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decrease in the number of events that we've had at the restaurant. >> reporter: the two active in liberal causes are suing the president saying the restaurant and his hotel lures away customers because lobbyists and diplomats want to impress the president by patronizing it. >> this is about access to him to curry favor with him and his administration. we think that's unfair. >> reporter: political organizations have rushed to put on events at the hotel. some cabinet members are living there. eric trump dropped by to promote a sporting event, and dave bossi was dining in the restaurant. the day before the inauguration the incoming white house press secretary was touting it. >> i encourage you to go there if you haven't been by. >> reporter: the hotel building is owned by the federal government and leased by trump's company. today's lawsuit says mr. trump is violating the lease terms saying no government official shall be admitted to any share or part of
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its lease. the lawyers call it a wild publicity stunt lacking legal merit. it's the latest example of a continuing legal problem. his worldwide business operations have already led to claims that he's violating a ban on accepting foreign gifts. the owners want the president to divest himself from ownership of the hotel. pete williams, nbc news, washington. now to the nationwide outage that left millions of at&t customers unable to call 911 for hours last night. this disruption leaving many cord cutters who don't have land line especially vulnerable. like the mom who tells our jo ling kent she couldn't reach authorities during a terrifying situation for her family. >> reporter: for sandra payne, every second in a 911 call matters especially with a burglar in the neighborhood. >> i called and called. a good seven to eight, nine times.
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it wouldn't go through. >> reporter: she's an at&t wireless customer who couldn't connect to 911 despite being able to make regular phone calls. she was one of the millions affected by an outage that lasted three hours in some areas. at&t declined to explain what caused the outage only saying service has been restored for wireless customers affected by an issue connecting to 911. we apologize to those affected. the federal communications commission is now investigating saying in a statement, every call to 911 must go through. we will fully investigate this outage and determine the root cause and its impact. >> how many people are calling 911 from their cell phones today? >> nowadays about 75% of the people in los angeles call in from their cell phones. >> reporter: los angeles police captain dave storker has multiple contingency plans in place for an outage of this kind. >> we're the primary answering point for fire emergencies and police emergencies. for us to go down would have been a disaster. >> reporter: if you can't get through to
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911 on your cell phone, safety advocates recommend look up and save local emergency numbers ahead of time. find out if your 911 dispatcher accepts text messages and install a land line at home. her family is safe tonight but unsettled. >> we're in a time of life where we don't carry around landlines. we depend on that phone and they let us down. >> reporter: service now restored but a wake up call for the future. jo ling kent, nbc news, los angeles. authorities say a man wielding an ax entered a train station in germany wounded several people before being placed under arrest. was this terror related? we get late details on this. >> reporter: a chaotic scene at the dusseldorf train station after a man with an ax went on the attack. the injured being treated on the station floor.
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in all five were hurt, one seriously. police closed the station evacuating stores and searching for suspects. at one point saying several could be on the run. late tonight german police confirm they arrested one man who jumped off a bridge and injured himself trying to get away. last july a 17-year-old afghan asylum seeker armed with an ax and a knife attacked passengers on a train in wartsburg, germany, injuring four. police shot and killed him. isis claimed responsibility. the motive for this latest attack remains unclear. now to the deadly the way one city is fighting back. in the true david versus goliath battle, everett has filed a lawsuit for oxycontin saying they are largely to blame for the number of drug addicts dying on its streets. >> reporter: everett, washington, a proud working class town just north of seattle. now like so many places, this city is being crushed under
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the weight of an opoiod epidemic. overdoses in bars. fed up and desperate for more resources the mayor and his city have launched an unprecedented fight against the company that has made billions off oxycontin. >> purdue need to be held accountable for not taking the action they should have taken that allowed their drugs to hit the streets and make addicts of many of my citizens. >> reporter: one mayor taking on a big drug company, deciding to sue after reading a los angeles times investigation. purdue supplied oxycontin to obviously suspicious physicians and pharmacies, turning a blind eye to illegal drug trafficking. in a 2009 e-mail cited in the lawsuit, it brings attention to a clinic in l.a., now shut down. the line was out the door with people who looked like gang members. i feel certain this
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was an organized drug ring. the lawsuit claims the pills were then illegally trafficked up to washington state. and the company never notified the dea, which it is required to do by law. >> is it your sense this was a problem that could have been avoided? >> it is. >> everybody's a dealer. everybody has it. >> reporter: recovering heroin addict lindsay richards is describing everett 15 years ago when she got hooked on oxycontin. >> children don't have their mothers because of this. there's people that are dying every day over -- because of what they've done. >> reporter: in a statement to nbc news, purdue says it's a leader in abuse deterrent medications, adding, we are deeply troubled by the abuse and misuse of our medication. our products account for less than 2% of all opioid prescriptions. this lawsuit paints a flawed and inaccurate portrayal of everett. the government has not formally charged the company for illegal
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sales. legal experts say if everett wins the case, it could just be the beginning. >> this could lead to an avalanche from every city and country that needs money. >> are you getting calls from other mayors? >> yes. >> a lot of them? >> a fair amount. >> reporter: everett wants purdue to pay tens of millions of dollars to help expand an often overflowing medical wing at the county jail for addicts going through withdrawal, or the kinds of services richards needs to ensure she doesn't end up homeless again. how scared are you that you could end up back here? >> very scared because it's happened so many times. >> reporter: taking care of the addicts on the streets seem never-ending. this dump truck is here three times a week. now everett says it's time for a drug company to come pay for the cleanup. stephanie gosk, nbc news, everett, washington. still ahead, the future of food delivery is here and it could change everything about the way so many americans eat. also, powerful winds knocking over tractor trailers.
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a train trapped by snow and more wild weather on the way.
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back now. just as many of you are sitting down for dinner, there's something new that could revolutionize the way we get our meals. the next time you order out, the delivery person that comes to your door may not be a person at all. we get the story from nbc's joe fryer. >> reporter: with speeds that reach only four miles an hour, robots like this
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won't win any marathons but they might change the face of food delivery. already they are getting a lot of looks. >> what was your reaction when you first saw it? >> well, just thought new space age, i guess. >> reporter: created by starship technologies, these sidewalk rovers pick up takeout or gross reez and bring it to hungry customers. door dash is testing in california. someday they will travel solo even in crosswalks with operators only stepping in when they hit obstacles. >> it does have nine cameras front and back and has ultrasonic so it has a bubble of perception and awareness to avoid obstacles. >> reporter: and to prevent theft, the lid can only be unlocked by those who place the order. >> we have alarms if you pick it up. it's tracked. >> reporter: they are at work in four european cities, along with fayetteville in
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washington, d.c. where the company officially launched partnering with post mates. the state became the first to allow delivery. florida and idaho are considering similar laws. there's concern such technology could steal jobs, but door dash says its goal is to complement the work force with the robots tackling shorter trips. >> it allows us to free up our human dashers to take on the complex, longer deliveries. >> reporter: someday a 40-pound robot just might show up at your door. joe fryer, red woodcity, california, nbc news. >> wonder if you have to tip. we're back with a heated moment during a fiery defense that left a courtroom completely shocked.
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it's beautiful. was it a hard place to get to? (laughs) it wasn't too bad. with the chase mobile app, jimmy chin can master depositing his hard earned checks in a snap. easy to use chase technology for whatever you're trying to master. we're back with severe weather wreaking havoc across the nation. powerful winds up to 60 miles an hour blamed for two deaths in michigan where half a million customers remain without power. colorado also experiencing winds
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strong enough to knock a tractor-trailer over. in north dakota an amtrak train got stuck in a snowbank 25 feet high and 200 feet long. tonight we're also tracking a storm expected to bring up to six inches of snow to the northeast. a big change in the american diet to note tonight. one industry tracker said today that bottled water has finally overtaken soda as the number one drink in the u.s. by sales volume. americans drank an average of about 39 and a half gallons of water last year and about 38 and a half gallons of carbonated soft drinks. talk about a trial by fire quite literally. it happened in miami when a defense attorney says his pants suddenly caught fire in the middle of an arson case, of all things. he said the heat came from an e-cigarette battery in his pocket. it's danger we have covered several times. police are investigating the incident. the lawyer was unharmed. his client not quite as lucky. convicted of second-degree arson in that case. when we come back,
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celebrating a century of girl scout cookies and their top seller's secret to her sweet success. >> announcer: "nbc nightly news" is brought to you by edward jones where attention and sound advice is a big deal. police make three rests in free
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finally tonight, a delicious milestone for the girl scouts of america celebrating 100 years of selling those tasty and addictive cookies. to mark the occasion, the scouts' all-time sales leader who is only 15 is hungry to take on another big challenge. here is nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: it's that oh so tasty time of year. >> would you like to buy some girl scouts cookies? >> reporter: when scores of girls fan out across the nation. >> tag alongs. >> samoas. >> tagalongs. >> and my personal faves, thin mints. >> it's really tasty. >> reporter: for the first time s' mores. it started 100 years ago in oklahoma when the mistletoe troop made cookies to sell. >> would you like to buy some girl scout cookies? >> reporter: there's
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an extra special takeaway for the girls. >> never give up. >> reporter: the all time cookie selling champ is 15-year-old katie francis of oklahoma city. 22,200 boxes in one season. that's more than $88,000 worth of cookies. her secret recipe, a spread sheet of past customers, working the phones and the neighborhoods after school and on weekends, and always with a smile. then there's the singing sales pitch. ♪ do you want to buy a cookie ♪ >> reporter: now she's pulling out all the stops. >> thank you. this year i'm working towards the career record of 100,100 boxes ♪ start buying those cookies ♪ >> reporter: buy a box or i will keep singing. how is my voice, okay? selling cookies to serve your community. an idea as fresh today as it was a century ago. kevin tibbles, nbc news, oklahoma city. >> that's going to do
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it for us on a thursday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thanks for watching and good night. freeway standstill. oting turns right now at 6:00 live pictures right now sky ranger over the freeway. a freeway shooting. two victims taken to the hospital. thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. we've been tracking this shooting for the past two hours on air and on line. a lot happening this hour. all lanes of eastbound 80 north of berkeley remain closed. this shooting was right on the freeway near the richmond border. nbc bay area sky ranger is above the scene showing us just what's
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happening down below. you can see all that activity down there. police say it was a gang-related targeted attack. >> we have multiple reports covering this breaking story. let's start with elyce kirchner. what have you learned? >> reporter: chp briefed the media here along the freeway confirming two people driving along the freeway were shot. if you take a look behind me you can see all lanes along eastbound are completely shut down here in the richmond area. chp says two people driving in a honda suv were shot. one person was airlifted to a local hospital reportedly suffering multiple gunshot wounds. the other was transported by ground. it happened around 3:40 this afternoon. within the past two hours richmond police say witness information led them to three possible suspects who have been detained in a nearby neighborhood. since lastme


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